There’s not really an easy explanation to describe what took place in the first quarter. Maybe the Ohio State Buckeyes thought the game started at 4 p.m. ET instead of 3:30. Maybe they were sleeping. Maybe they were already looking past the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. Any of those were a possibility, really, but luckily for the scarlet and gray, they seemed to wake up at the start of the second quarter, making it look easy from there on out.
After trailing 5-0 eight minutes into the game, Ohio State went on to score 76 unanswered points to easily win the game, 76-5. Following whatever took place in the first half of the opening quarter, J.K. Dobbins put his team on the scoreboard with a 26-yard touchdown run.
Holding a 7-5 lead at the end of 15 minutes, Justin Fields decided that it was his time to score some points. He broke a school record with six touchdowns in the second quarter. Yes, in one quarter, the quarterback had six touchdowns. That’s impressive for a single game. Really impressive for a one half? But in a single quarter? Incredible.
After an impressive first three games of the season, Fields continued his dominance with six total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) before being pulled at halftime. He completed 14-of-21 passes for 223 yards while also running for 36 yards on nine carries.
With Ohio State holding a 49-7 lead at halftime, Fields, along with the rest of the starters on both sides of the ball, sat out the rest of the game. It was a smart decision by head coach Ryan Day. Not only did it ensure that they would remain healthy, but it gave the backups plenty of opportunities to not only receive playing time but make plays with valuable in-game time as well.
In all, three quarterbacks threw at least two passes, six running backs had a carry, and 13 players had at least one reception. Along with that, two running backs scored a touchdown and six receivers found the end zone.
How easy was it for Ohio State’s offense? They scored 76 points, had 30 first downs, and totaled just five third downs throughout the entire game. Whether it was on the ground or through the air, starters or backups, the offense was seemingly unstoppable after the first eight minutes of the game.
Like he has done so far this season, Chase Young proved yet again why he will be a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The defensive end had two sacks, two tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles. There’s a reason they call him The Predator.
With it being the last non-conference game of the season, it might have been a game that Ohio State can look back on if they need second- or third-stringers later in the season. The valuable experience is always important, no matter who the opponent is.
Following their dominant 76-5 thrashing of the RedHawks, the Buckeyes will now have four straight games in primetime. Ohio State travels to Lincoln to take on Nebraska next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.